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The SCA Journey

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Written by SCA Society President, Laura Barr

I took over as President of SCA in late 2017, and this time almost exactly one year ago in 2018, I was having meetings with various members of staff to organise a new project myself and SCA wanted to do: understand what is really going on at the University of Southampton. This month, the University Council approved the action plan proposed to them.

Within that year, so much has happened. The survey we ran was a success, with 857 responses. We had 6 survivors bravely tell their stories in short films. As a … Read the rest

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Statement regarding The Soton Tab

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The Soton Tab recently published an article regarding the death of a University of Southampton student. This article displays a complete lack of sensitivity on the subject, with no mention of support services for readers. 

The Union has received complaints from students, including submissions to You Make Change, and the article has received considerable backlash on social media.

Students have asked the Union to take action.  We have therefore contacted the national Tab directly and asked them to take down the article out of respect for the student, their family & friends, and all those affected by this tragic event.… Read the rest

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You Are More Than Your Studies: What help is available?

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As a Students’ Union, mental health and wellbeing is so important to us. SUSU, as well as University of Southampton, have a number of services available to every student. We would like to take this You Are More Than Your Studies to remind you of these. 

Whether you need some support, would like to get involved or just need some more info we’ve got it all below. 

The Advice Centre

The Advice Centre, located in Building 40, provides free, independent and confidential support to all students. They can help you with issues that could be impacting your mental health Read the rest

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MP signs Union letter to Home Office in appeal over student’s Visa issue

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VP Communities, Emily Harrison has met with Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, to discuss support for one of our students who is facing ‘significant Visa issues’.

Together with the University’s Vice President International, Emily is sending a letter to the Home Office to appeal on behalf of the student.

“The student first came to me a couple of weeks ago and I am delighted to have received such positive support from everyone I have reached out to in dealing with this case, including from Alan and the University,” says Emily.

“Things like this are exactly why I

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SCA and SUSU launch Sexual Assault Survey

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*Content Warning: Mention of sexual assault and rape*

The Sexual Consent Awareness (SCA) society alongside SUSU, have recently launched a university wide survey to better understand sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape at the University.

The anonymous questionnaire looks to explore the need for “more adequate policies against sexual assault for students, more accessible support systems for students to access, and a harder line on condemning all forms of sexual assault and harassment at University.”

President of SCA Laura, says “We want to ensure all students are safe at university. The survey is important to SCA … Read the rest

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The Academic Awards 2018: Nominations Open!

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Who’s looking forward to the return of our annual Academic Awards this May? We certainly are!

We all know that one person who has gone above and beyond academically. Maybe it’s a lecturer who gave an inspiring talk which led to your interest in a particular area of study? Perhaps your course has improved this year as a result of the fantastic work by one of your Academic Reps?

Whoever it is, make sure you nominate them for an Academic Award so we can celebrate their achievements at the Academic Awards Ceremony this May. It’s quick and easy to … Read the rest

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Students’ Union response to UCU industrial action

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UPDATE 22/02/18: A second blog detailing the ‘teach-outs’ organised with UCU can be found here

On Thursday 08 February 2018, our Education Zone met for an extraordinary meeting of the Zone to discuss the recent announcement of industrial action by the University and Colleges Union (UCU).

The Education Zone is one of our groups of elected student representatives who makes decision on specific academic issues on behalf of the student body. This is where previous instances of industrial actions have been discussed. The meeting was also attended by a number of students, and we’d like to extend our thanks to Read the rest

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You Are More Than Your Studies…

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Remember, you are more than your studies. As the Semester One exam period is fast approaching, we’re pleased to announce the return of the Union’s You Are More Than campaign, supporting each and every student with a range of study spaces in the Union, events and activities. It’s important to take a break and relax away from your exams, assignments and hand-ins.

Study Spaces within the Union

  • The Cafe and Bar 2 (both in Building 42) will be open for studying during normal Union opening hours
  • Meeting Room 5 (Building 42, Level 2) and Meeting Room 7 (Building 40, Level
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Expect Respect – What does consent mean to you?

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Hi, it’s Sam Higman, VP Welfare, and I’m here with another Expect Respect blog following our campaign last week.


Trigger Warning: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment

Last week, I wrote a blog about our Expect Respect campaign, which had a focus on sexual consent awareness. Throughout the week, student leaders, committee members and staff members wore  Expect Respect wristbands to show support for the campaign. In fact, many of us continue to wear them, and will do so on a daily basis.

We also ran the No Worries Wednesday Fayre on Wednesday 25 October, with relevant support and … Read the rest

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Farm4life: Helping Disadvantaged Communities

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We recently donated boxes of our off-brand t-shirts to a fantastic international charity called Farm4life.

Working predominantly in Ghana to provide communities with relief from financial, social and economic hardship, Farm4life aims to improve the education and general well-being of young people and adults.

Farm4life was co-founded by Lloyd and Karen Clewer following Lloyd’s visit to Jamestown, Accra, where he was saw first-hand the day-to-day struggles of those living in disadvantaged communities.

The organisation particularly encourages the donation of furniture, including desks and chairs. These are taken apart and sent over to Farm4life co-workers who live in the communities in … Read the rest

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